BCMA Awards Nomination Guidelines

BCMA recognizes a number of individuals and organizations each year for their service and excellence within the sector.  To view the full award categories and descriptions, please click here.

If you are interested in nominating an individual, project or organization for an award, please read through the Frequently Asked Questions topics below.


The 2020 Call for Nominations is now closed. 



Who is eligible for an award?

The BCMA Awards recognize projects of excellence, innovative and ground-breaking initiatives from museums, art galleries, cultural centres and other cultural heritage institutions across BC.  The person(s), project or organization being nominated may be by volunteers or paid staff at an institution. Nominees need not be members of the BCMA.

What do I need to submit for the nomination?

Download the sample nomination form and prepare your answers before submitting the online form below 2020 Awards Sample Nomination Form

Nominations for the Distinguished Service Award and Museum Service & Stewardship Award should include the following:

  1. Brief summary description of the individual or organization being nominated. (25 words or less).
  2. Overview of nominee’s contributions to the sector at the regional, provincial or national level over an extended period of time, including current / previous positions held. (200-500 words)
  3. Highlights of how your nominee exemplifies the values of Sustainability, Diversity & Inclusion, Impact/Engagement, Innovation, and/or Excellence. (200-500 words)
  4. Specific examples (at least 1) of the core contribution to the sector, organization, or community. (200-500 words)
  5. Specific examples (at least 1) of the impact of your nominee’s contributions to the sector (through research, mentorship, innovation, fundraising, etc.). (200-500 words)
  6. Supporting photos or documents that demonstrate the impact or contribution of the nominee.

Awards of Merit nominations should include the following:

  1. Brief summary description of the project (25 words or less)
  2. Description of the nominee’s relevance to the specific award category. (200-500 words)
  3. Highlights of how the nominee exemplifies the values of Sustainability, Diversity & Inclusion, Impact/Engagement, Innovation, and/or Excellence. (200-500 words)
  4. Description of the impact of your nominee’s activities / achievements on the sector, organization or community. Bullet points are ok. (200-500 words)
  5. Description of how you (the nominator) assessed and evaluated success for this organization or project. (200-500 words)
  6. Description of how the nominee has been innovative in their approach to the category. (200-500 words)
  7. Supporting photos or documents that demonstrate the impact or contribution of the nominee.

Formal letters of recommendation are encouraged for all nominations, but not required.  You will have the opportunity to upload supporting documents as text or as PDF.

Who can nominate?

Anyone can nominate an award!  You need not be a member of the BCMA.

Awards Committee members may also put forward nominations, in an effort to ensure that no deserving recipient is overlooked.

Can I nominate myself and/or my organization?


What is the adjudication process?

To make effective and consistent evaluations, the following general criteria will apply in evaluating Nominees:

Contribution: Nominees must have played a significant role in the collection, preservation or presentation of British Columbia’s art, history, culture, or cultural heritage.

Resources: The qualifications or worthiness of a Nominee will NOT be determined in any way by factors such as the size of a facility, institution, or agency; the number of employees or volunteers; budget; or the cost of a project or program. Evaluation will be based upon the relative accomplishment that may normally be expected of the resources available to the Nominee being considered.

Quality of Achievement: Recognizing the Awards Program objective of encouraging excellence in the museums, art galleries and cultural heritage fields, consideration will be given not only to what the Nominee has accomplished individually, but also to the excellence of the work relative to similar culture and heritage resource accomplishments and programs across our sector.

Accomplishment: Nominees will be evaluated on an actual achievement, not on an untried idea or concept. Awards may not always be given on an annual basis. If there are no nominees whose achievements meet the established criteria, an award may not be given in that particular year.

Who is on the Awards Committee this year?

Tammy Bradford, Manager, Creston & District Museum and Archives

Alyssa Leier, Curator, The Exploration Place Museum & Science Centre

David Jensen, President, D. Jensen & Associates Ltd.

Yukiko Stranger-Galey, Exhibits & Design Manager, Beaty Biodiversity Museum

kevin david meisner, Education Experience Designer, Britannia Mine Museum

Hanna Cho, Producer, NGX Interactive

Luc Desmarais, Administrator, UBC Residental School History & Dialogue Centre

Jolene Sampare, Museum Coordinator, Nisga’a Museum

Cuyler Page, Exhibit Designer & Museum Consultant

How are the nominees and award winners honoured?

All nominees will be celebrated, and award winners will be announced and presented with their awards, at the BCMA Awards Showcase event at BCMA’s annual conference.


PLEASE NOTE: Winners and nominees will be contacted in confidence, by BCMA and then publicly announced and celebrated at the BCMA Awards Event.